The Everest Base Camp classic is a bucket list worthy trek as it climbs through the Khumbu Valley and follows the footsteps of the Everest summiteers. The Everest Base Camp trek is challenging yet rewarding. Our carefully crafted itinerary reflects our proven track record permitting plenty of time for safe acclimatization, which is the key to any successful trek in the Everest region. This hike offers unbeatable views, scenery and a unique cultural experience as you pass through villages and Buddhist monasteries. Our skilled porters and guides will take you every step of the way on this once in a lifetime adventure. Soar to new heights!
The trip begins and ends in colorful Kathmandu, Nepal where you will take an exciting flight to/from Lukla then ascend to the vast glaciers of the Everest Himalayas. At Base Camp you will be greeted by the legendary Khumbu Ice Fall and summit Kala Patar, which stands over 18,000 ft (5,554 m) and from the summit you will enjoy an unobstructed views of Everest. Accommodations along the way are in teahouses and meals are “a la carte,” allowing you the flexibility to eat what you want and try something new each night if you wish.
Our hand-picked guides are trained and licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trek. In addition, Nepal is home to some of the friendliest people, the most beautiful scenery on the planet and a variety of cultural traditions. Ready. Set. Escape! The world famous Everest Base Camp Trek awaits you.WHAT’S IT LIKE TREKKING TO EVEREST BASE CAMP?
Our friendly Ultimate Expeditions representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in Kathmandu. During this meet and greet your guide will discuss the daily activities of your trip.
Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phak Ding (8,713 ft / 2,656 m)
Enjoy an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – this flight is roughly 45 minutes and offers great views of the Everest region if you can secure a seat on the left of the plane. After landing on a steep mountainside runway you will meet the expedition crew and once the gear is sorted into loads the trek begins. The trail gradually descends on a well-marked trail to Phak Ding, approximately 4 hours of hiking.
Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,318 ft / 3,450 m)
We enter the National Park at Monjo as we continue to our next stop, Namche Bazaar the main trading village in the Khumbu region. The trail crisscrosses the Dudh Kosi (Milk River), these exciting crossing are over suspension bridges that sway high above the valley. The days trek is roughly 4.5 to 6 hours long and once in Namche Bazaar we are free to enjoy a coffee, brownie, chocolate doughnut or some other delightful baked goodie.
Namche Bazaar (11,318 ft / 3,450 m) *Acclimatization Day*
Today will be spent in Namche Bazaar to acclimatize and prepare our bodies to push higher into the Everest region. The village offers shopping opportunities as well as several lodges. It is a great place to spend a day before heading towards Tengboche.
Trek to Tengboche Monastery (12,687 ft / 3,867 m)
As we trek towards Tengboche views of the legendary mountains begin to unfold, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam as well as others await your praise. Along the way we will pass thru several villages and tea shops. The trail will descend steeply to a bridge at Phunki Tenga where we will stop for lunch and then make the steep climb to Tengboche, famous for its monastery - one of the largest and oldest in the Khumbu region.
Trek to Pheriche (13,950 ft / 4,252 m)
The trail descends through forest crossing the Imja Khola River and climbs steadily to a village where you will be faced with the imposing Ama Dablam that rises 22,493 ft (6,856 m) into the sky.
Pheriche (13,950 ft / 4,252 m) *Acclimatization Day*
In Pheriche we will spend the day acclimatizing. Here you can hike up the valley to view Tshola Tsho Lake and the vertical walls of Cholatse and Tawache. Be sure to join your guild for a trek that overlooks Dingboche and prepare yourself for a spectacular view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Lhotse.
Trek to Lobuche (16,174 ft / 4,930 m)
The trail continues down the wide valley with a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. In Duglha we will stop for lunch before zigzagging through the boulder-strewn slope of the glacier's terminal moraine. Several rock cairns can be seen at the top of this climb, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have lost their lives while climbing Mount Everest. Views of Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori, Mahalangur Himal, and several other peaks can be enjoyed throughout the day’s trek, until finally reaching Lobuche.
Trek to Gorak Shep then Everest Base Camp (17,575 ft / 5,357 m)
Leaving Lobuche we hike parallel to the Khumbu Glacier. The trail navigates its way through ice pinnacles and crevasses. Once in Gorak Shep we will stop for lunch and enjoy beautiful views of snow-capped mountains that loom high above and press on to Everest Base Camp.
Kala Pattar then Dingboche (14,468 ft / 4,410 m)
Today’s journey begins early and will be a demanding hike to the top of Kala Pattar 18,221 ft (5,554 m). The views from Kala Pattar are breathtaking, here you can gaze upon Everest and look deep into the Khumbu ice field. After photos are taken we will descend to Dingboche where we will spend the night.
Trek to Namche Bizarre (11,318 ft / 3,450 m)
From Dingboche we retrace our footsteps along the river to Tengboche before making your way back to Namche Bizarre.
Trek to Lukla (9,186 ft / 2,800 m)
The last day of trekking follows the Dudh Koshi River from Namche Bizarre back to Lukla. Although this is the same trail we hiked in on, your perspective will be greatly different. This is an ideal time to reflect on your one in a lifetime trekking experience and celebrating your achievement.
Fly to Kathmandu
After an early breakfast, you will catch a return flight to Kathmandu and stay overnight. You will have free time to roam the streets of Thamel, shop and enjoy the rich culture.
Our Ultimate Expeditions representative will drive you to the airport in Kathmandu for your return flight home or perhaps to your next adventurous destination.
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- Airport transfers
- 2 nights at hotel in Kathmandu (before & after trek)
- All ground transportation to and from trailhead
- Flights to and from Kathmandu to Lukla (Everest region treks) or Pokhara (Annapurna region treks)
- National Park permits, fees
- Expert guides and porters
- Lodge accommodations during treks, double occupancy
- Meals and beverages during trek
- Lunch or dinner at hotel
- Beverages at hotel
- Personal gear and equipment